Madhubala in Howrah Bridge (1958)
Madhubala in Howrah Bridge (1958)
"All I want to do is shake my turban." - Peter Singh
Check out this short documentary about a Sikh Elvis impersonator in England called, ” Rocking With a Sikh” and produced in 1986.
And after you are done watching that - read this 1990 NYT article:
Peter Singh, an Indian whose Sikh religion requires him to wear a turban, recalled how Elvis Presley came to him in a dream in 1980 to say, ”You’re the next one.”
”Elvis said I would entertain millions of people,” the 43-year-old Mr. Singh said with a Welsh lilt before a recent performance at a community center in West London, ”and that I would be wearing a white suit. Three weeks later, I had the white suit. Now I’m the rocking Sikh. I don’t smoke dope. I don’t drink bourbon. All I want to do is shake my turban.”
I can’t understand a punjabi word of this song but i think it’s about ice cream and it sounds like gangsta rap ice cream truck music. I’m experiencing slight dissonance. By the Punjabi rapper Trap Singh.
Surprisingly, no one in this rap group is actually of Pakistani descent. Who you calling stupid, now?
This was the finale of the second season of Raw Barz, a rap battling phenomenon which has gone viral in the Nepali-speaking parts of South Asia, injecting the Nepali hip-hop scene with a confrontational new finesse and energy. The battlers looked like the East Coast rap pioneers of thirty-odd years ago, wearing low-slung jeans and strutting about with an in-your-face, crotch-grabbing swagger. But there was a South Asian element to their style too; when things got heated and the protagonists were toe to toe, gestures more resonant of a tea stall adda emerged; forefingers extended, nostrils flared, the battlers resembled head teachers scolding errant pupils. - See more at: http://caravanmagazine.in/arts/war-words#sthash.eHHik3DA.dpuf
My instinct within the first ten seconds of listening to this track was to hate it. The song title "Wigidi Wac" was so problematic and the video couldn’t be more cliched. But one minute into it, I was like heroin addict fiending for more. I loved the how the production samples heavily from 90s throwbacks. I love how parts of the video are filmed on the streets of Pakistan. I love Adil Omar’s deadpan flow.
I checked out the TMVSC (short for "The Miami Vice Sound Crack" and hailing from LA) album over at bandcamp - the WAC TAPE - and I absolutely love how 90s it all sounds with the fantastic samples and that new millennial twist. And, of course, an ill flow from all the folks rapping on this.
The Batish Family:
Ashwin Batish - Sitar, tabla
Meena Batish - Vocals
Keshav Batish - Tabla, Drum Set
[Harish] Raghavan has played/toured with Kurt Elling, Taylor Eigsti, Vijay Iyer, Ambrose Akinmusire, Eric Harland, Mark Turner, Aaron Parks, Greg Osby, Billy Childs, Benny Green, Geoffry Keezer, Terrell Stafford, Mike Moreno, Rodney Green, Logan Richardson, Fabian Almazan, Justin Brown, Dayna Stephens, Julian Lage, Gerald Clayton, Marcus Gilmore, Walter Smith III, among others.
Raghavan grew up in Northbrook, Illinois, just north of Chicago. At age eight he began studying Western and Indian percussion, and later switched to the double bass at seventeen. He studied bass with John Clayton at the University of Southern California and also with Robert Hurst. During his years in Los Angeles he recorded and played with many legendary West Coast musicians.
In 2009 he was a semi-finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Bass Competition.
Raghavan is a regular instructor at the Stanford Jazz Workshop and the Jazz at Centrum summer program in Port Townsend, Washington. He is featured on pianist Taylor Eigsti’s 2010 Concord release, Daylight at Midnight.
DaysDeaf - “Giving Life To Greys”
Soulful and cerebral Toronto artist DaysDeaf’s first single Giving Life To Greysis an epically gorgeous wash of greys. DaysDeaf is Manvir Rai, has been seen making the musical rounds with Desi-Pop star Selena Dhillon and has an album out now "When Colour Lost Light" available at bandcamp now.